Richmond Art Center

Live Auction Items

In support of the Richmond Art Center’s 80th Anniversary, our Gala will feature a robust and exciting live auction.

All funds raised from the auction will be used by the Richmond Art Center to support day-to-day operations and programs both on-site and in the community.

Lot 1: Raiders and Broncos Tickets!

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Don’t Miss the Raider Action at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum!

With these 2 tickets located in section 139, row 10, you and your guest will be part of the action at the Raiders vs. Denver Broncos football game at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 6th at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum. If you’re so inclined, don your silver and black and root for the home team.

Donated by: Anna Blackman
Estimated value: $250
Starting bid: $150

Lot 2: Claire Falkenstein

claire-falkenstein-live-auctionClaire Falkenstein graduated from UC Berkeley in 1930, took master classes at Mills where she studied with Alexander Archipenko and met Moholy-Nagy. She taught for UC Berkeley Extension and Mills College and then at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) where she taught alongside Clifford Still and Richard Diebenkorn.

Producing some of the earliest non-objective abstract American sculptures, Falkenstein used non-traditional materials such as logs, stovepipe wire, and lead bars. She called her works “structures” and applied this term to her paintings and prints as well. The fine print donated by the Falkenstein Foundation is a vibrant juxtaposition of expansive brushstrokes flying across the paper and an aggregation of mark-making alluding to an amassing form.

Untitled, c. 1970
Silkscreen print
Edition: 79 of 100

Donated by: Estate of Claire Falkenstein
Estimated value: $600
Starting bid: $300

Lot 3: Curry on the Court and in the Kitchen

Warriors at Wizards 2/3/16

A golden opportunity to witness Steph Curry’s genius on the court with these 2 tickets to the Warriors game against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, Feb. 15th at 7:30 p.m. at Oracle Arena. Extend the Curry spirit to your kitchen when you use this autographed copy of Steph’s wife Ayesha Curry’s cookbook to prepare delicious family-centered meals. Using Ayesha’s “In the Seasoned Life,” you will have access to 100 of her simple and delicious recipes that are favorites of Steph, their two daughters and friends.

Donated by: Alisha Fowler
Estimated value: $500

Opening bid: $375

Lot 4: Theatre and Dinner

berkeley-aurora-610x584Experience the excitement of live theatre with this 3 – play subscription for 2 people to the nationally acclaimed Aurora Theatre in Berkeley during the 2016/2017 season. In this intimate theater, you will see first-class, professional actors perform the best of contemporary theatre. Either before or after one of the plays, enjoy a delicious dinner for 2 valued at $100 at the cozy Bistro Liaison, just a short walk from the theatre.

Donated by: The Aurora Theatre, Bistro Liaison
Estimated value: $400

Starting bid: $250

Lot 5: An Aesthetic Indulgence

img_8354On a date of your choosing, you and 12 friends can take part in your own 1 ½ hour private champagne reception and tour at one of the Art Center’s 2016/2017 exhibitions. Executive Director Ric Ambrose or Curator Jan Wurm will be your docent for an informative tour of the artwork while you sip champagne and enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres.

Donated by: The Richmond Art Center
Estimated value: $750
Starting bid: $250

Lot 6: 2 Warriors Tickets & Parking Pass

downloadSee the action up close with these 2 tickets to the Warriors vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder game on Thursday, November 3rd at Oracle Arena. You’ll have hassle free parking with the included Parking Pass.

Donated by: Maritza and Tim Ilario
Estimated value: $500
Opening bid: $375

Lot 7: Guy Diehl

gdiehl-slw-diebenkornGuy Diehl works within still life tradition in which each object holds meaning in its relationship to the other. Often his subject matter pays homage to noted artists like Mark Rothko, Joan Brown Goya and here Richard Diebenkorn.  Diehl portrays the tools of the artist’s trade laid out on altar like mantle – homage to the craft and the mysterious alchemy of a Diebenkorn’s hand. Here, an exquisitely refined tonal rendering of a post-card image of a Richard Diebenkorn painting finds its formal elements mimicking the shapes reflected in a bottle of water.

Widely exhibited, Guy Diehl’s work resides in museums including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Oakland Museum of California, San Jose Museum of Art and many public collections.

Still Life with Diebenkorn, 2015
Etching with acrylic on paper
16 x 17.75 in. ( paper 22.5  x 23.5 in.) framed
Edition: 30
Publisher: Magnolia Editions

Donated by: Magnolia Editions and Guy Diehl
Estimated value: $1850

Starting bid: $500

Lot 8: A Cinema Devotee’s Dream

mill-valley-film-festival-logoTwo tickets to each of the 5 events in the 5-part Select Package to the Mill Valley Film Festival

EVENT 1: FILM TRIBUTE TO NICOLE KIDMAN: Sunday, October 6, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
Corte Madera Cinema (41 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera)
Lion, Australian/UK/US 2016 film by Director Garth Davis, with performances by Academy Award®-winning actress Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel.  The Tribute Program includes an onstage conversation with Nicole Kidman.

EVENTS 2 & 3: FILM TRIBUTE TO JULIE DASH: Friday, October 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Smith Rafael Film Center (1118 4th St., San Rafael)
Daughter of the Dust, US 1991 film by Director Julie Dash.  The Tribute Program includes an onstage conversation with Julie Dash followed by a Reception at Green Chili Kitchen (1335 4th St., San Rafael).

EVENTS 4 & 5: A TRIBUTE TO AARON ECKHART: Saturday, October 15, 2016, 7:30 pm
Smith Rafael Film Center (1118 4th St., San Rafael)
Bleed for This, US 2016 film by Director Ben Younger, with performances by Aaron Eckhart and Miles Teller. The Spotlight Program includes an onstage conversation with Aaron Eckhart followed by a Reception at Il Davide (901 A St., San Rafael).

Donated by: Anonymous
Estimated value: $500
Starting bid: $250

Lot 9: John Wehrle

factfictionJohn Wehrle has been a long time supporter of the Richmond Art Center. Past president of the Richmond Art Center Board, John has served with the steadfastness of one who can take on the challenge of painting a 200 ‘ long painting.

John Wehrle has tackled buildings inside and out, freeways under and along. His monumental murals are public offerings of ironic views of society in high gear. In this sculpture, the table may be life scale but the drama is definitely magnified. Separation Anxiety presents us with crow and shark drawing a line between fact and fiction and opening a divide leaving us quaking with uncertainty.

Separation Anxiety
Painted wood, routed lettering on found and altered table
48 x 37 x 20 inches

Donated by: John Wehrle
Estimate value $4,000
Starting bid: $1,000

Lot 10: Chef-Cooked Dinner for 8

rich_chef_pb-40Chef extraordinaire, Richard Azzolini, (better known as “Chef Az”) will be your private chef for a gourmet dinner for eight in your home. Dinner will include wine, non-alcoholic beverages, appetizers before dinner, soup or salad, an entrée, and dessert. Also included will be a dinner server and clean-up person. Chef Az will provide you with menu suggestions and will accommodate your requests that fit within the time/food budget. He will leave you with a copy of his cookbook in which he shares time-honored tricks for preparing a gourmet meal in short order.

Born with a wooden spoon in his hand into a family of passionate cooks, Chef Az trained and for 30+ years has worked in America, Europe and Asia. He did his formal training at the Cordon Bleu School in London and his apprenticeship at Patisserie Dauvergne in Reims, France.

Donated by: Chef Richard Azzolini
Estimated value: $1,020
Starting bid: $650

Lot 11: 6 Nights & 7 Days of Rest, Relaxation & Fun on the Russian River

l2Enjoy the lovely amenities of “Como Estate,” a beautifully restored 1910 Victorian Historic home on the Russian River. With 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, you, your family, friends, and your dog will spend a glorious week between November and March (excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years) 2016-2017 enjoying the hot tub, hiking through the redwoods and along the Russian River and the coast, wine tasting, and/or just enjoying the 1.6 riverfront acres of lawn and gardens that surround the home. The Art Center will pay the $220 Cleaning Fee and $75 non-refundable Damage Waiver Fee.

Donated by: Anonymous
Estimated value: $3,700
Starting bid: $2,500

Lot 12: Ric Ambrose

richard_ambrose_fiesta_-2009Fiesta is a combination of East Bay views: the foreground is from a bush in front of a house on Cutting Blvd, the mid-ground is overlooking the Berkeley Hills toward Angel Island and Richmond, and the upper pine tree is from the artist’s backyard.  The inspiration for this vertical landscape format is taken from Chinese scroll tradition in particular from the 14th Century Yuan Dynasty painter Ni Zan.  This urban view interweaves micro and macro elements that define our distilled world. This drawing appeared in a 2011 San Francisco Chronicle review by art critic Ken Baker of Ambrose’s solo exhibition at the Hespe Gallery.

Noted for his horizontal and vertical scroll-like urbanscapes, Ric Ambrose has an extensive national exhibition record and his work is in numerous private and public collections including the Getty Family Collection. He is represented by the Hespe Gallery.

Graphite on arches paper, 2009
78 x 33.75 inches

Donated by: Ric and Andrea Ambrose
Estimated value $6,000
Starting bid: $1500

Lot #13: John Toki

img_2864With a studio in Richmond for forty years, with a deep relationship to the Richmond Art Center spanning as many, John Toki has clay in his blood, clay on the brain, but definitely not feet of clay. His sculptures are totemic and soar to heights to be scaled, weights to weather geologic time. Yet within these monumental works, the foldings and unfoldings beckon us with intimacies and secret passages, marks of the hand and promises of unveiling and revelation.

In this wall mounted sculpture we can feel a hand reaching out, holding fast to the material ready to be transformed through our regard, ready to entice us to take it in hand ourselves.

Untitled,  2004
Glazed ceramic wall hanging sculpture
35″ x 13″ x 6″

Donated by: Ellengale Toki and Owen Oakley
Estimate value $6,000

Starting bid: $2,000

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